Category Archives: Immigration

Immigration benefits both immigrants and working-class Americans, study says

Some have argued that modern-day immigrants – referring to Mexican immigrants who are “low skilled” – are harmful to working families because they take away jobs from working-class families. Recent research suggests the opposite is in fact the case, at … Continue reading

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Why ‘enforcement-first’ tactic won’t work for immigration

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. I’m following with interest the criticisms being directed at United States Senator Marco Rubio. Rubio is a conservative Republican from Florida who … Continue reading

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The right thing to do: conservatives and comprehensive immigration reform

As the The Huffington Post reported recently, immigration reform will be at the top of the post-inauguration agenda for Senate Democrats, emboldened by last week’s elections. It is also critical for conservative Republicans to stand behind this central American issue. … Continue reading

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Incompetent referees and bad laws

Like millions of other Americans watching Monday Night Football this week, I was in disbelief. It didn’t matter what team you were rooting for, if you had even one good eye to see with, you knew that the losing team … Continue reading

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Smart words on immigration from Condoleezza Rice

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered an incisive and well-received speech yesterday covering several topics at the Republican National Convention. I would like to highlight just one gem about immigration. Rice’s view on immigration closely matches what Sutherland has … Continue reading

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The Utah Compact, immigration and Sutherland’s role

  How has Sutherland Institute influenced the immigration debate in Utah? Last Friday was the one-year anniversary of the Utah Compact – a document that outlines a reasonable approach to addressing the immigration issue in Utah. At an event to … Continue reading

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Reality squashes farmer’s plan to hire local labor

  With unemployment hovering around 9 percent, some have argued that if we could just “deal with” (read: “round up and ship out” or “starve out”) undocumented immigrants, there would be enough jobs to go around. After all, they’re taking … Continue reading

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A glimpse of right-wing extremism

  Former Arizona State Senator Karen Johnson doesn’t like the Utah Compact. She calls it “amnesty.” You might recall that I wrote, and Sutherland recently published, an updated essay with an immigration twist, titled “The Poison of Extremism.” In it … Continue reading

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Why our approaches on illegal immigration, “gay rights” differ

  Recently, I was asked why I manage to muster so much compassion for illegal immigrants but not “gays.” Most people who read this blog know Sutherland Institute’s stand on a conservative approach to illegal immigration andUtah’s HB 116 – … Continue reading

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Political irony: the similarities of opposing political extremes

  Want to know what the “gay-rights” movement and the enforcement-only immigration crowd have in common?  Then read on. A number of news stories in recent weeks have highlighted ironic positions taken by groups across the political spectrum on various … Continue reading

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Rotten to the core: Georgia’s enforcement-only policy

  Those who crafted HB 116 did so with their eyes wide open to the realities of the complex immigration issue. Yes, the federal government needs to fix its terribly flawed immigration policy. Yes, illegal immigrants living in Utah broke … Continue reading

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New video on HB 116

  So what exactly does HB 116 do? Watch this video for a brief overview of Utah’s guest worker bill and see why it is a step in the right direction. httpv://

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The Truth About HB 116: FAQ

  Critics of HB 116 have tried their best to dissect the new law and uncover its flaws with the intent to have it repealed. In an effort to clear the air, here are a few answers to questions we … Continue reading

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Want to fix illegal immigration? Fix ourselves first

During Utah’s immigration debate this year, some people argued that tightening controls on America’s southern border and strictly enforcing immigration laws in Utah would solve our problems associated with illegal immigration. In a fascinating article in the newest edition of … Continue reading

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Guest commentary: the next steps for immigration reform

At the same time President Obama was giving his speech about immigration in El Paso, Texas, I was sitting in the courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups while he issued a temporary restraining order on the controversial Utah … Continue reading

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